When I got this, I thought it was going to be loud. In fact, it's quieter than my gtx 295. When gaming, the fan goes to medium speed which isn't that loud and when it gets too hot, it speeds up a bit until the temp lowers than it goes back to medium speed. When I play less demanding games like Prototype, it doesn't even spin to medium. It'll go there once in a while. I was surprised given all the reviews about the card. Those were basically all lies. It is much better than my gtx 295. My 295 can play games decent enough but this card plays games smoothly and with no problems in SLi. With 2 of these in SLi, I won't need to upgrade for probably about another 3 years.
One example of how I find this card better than the 295 is when playing prototype. The 295 kind of chokes when throwing around cars and blowing them up (settings at 16x AA) but this card eats through it no problem with an fps score of 100 average with just one 480 card with SLi disabled (getting an SLi bridge). I've noticed slight microstutter. Well, not the same as the 295. It's when you jump to a high intensity scene from a low intensity scene. Basically you go from 150 fps to 100 fps in 1 second and it causes a stutter that is a fraction of a second. It's noticeable but it's not really significant and doesn't happen a lot.
Overall good product. A bit pricey considering the 5000 but Nvidia has a good rep with drivers.
GREAT MUCH BETTER THAN THE TEMPERATURE EVGA.
Overclocking is much higher and more stable than EVGA
And most importantly
I recommend 100%